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Published on March 25th, 2009 | by Becky Striepe


Crafty Reuse: Ten Projects for Old Bottle Caps

[Creative Commons photo by dyanna]

As I’ve confessed before, I’m a hoarder. Right next to that bowl full of used corks is another bowl full of bottle caps. I just can’t bear to pitch them! Also like with the corks, a certain husband has been wondering what in the world I plan to do with all these bottle caps.

Luckily, there are a ton fun projects that I can choose from!

  1. Check out this awesome bottle cap folk art mirror from the ’60s! Gorgeous.
  2. There’s an awesome thread on Craftster on making a bottle cap-covered tabletop.
  3. You can use the same idea as the tabletop and make bottle cap mosaic tiles or stepping stones.
  4. Turn a bunch of old bottle caps into a belt.
  5. You can turn one into a really cute pin!
  6. My Amphetamines and My Purls shows you how to make a crocheted beer cap trivet.
  7. For a kid-friendly project, try these bottle cap fridge magnets.
  8. I’m totally digging these beautiful bottle cap push pins from Martha Stewart.
  9. What a cool idea! This globe is made from bottle caps and soda can pulltabs!
  10. Craft Bits shows you how to turn a pair of bottle caps into a cute pair of earrings.

Are there any other cool bottle cap projects that I’m missing? I’d love to hear about what you guys are making with your spent caps!

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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

12 Responses to Crafty Reuse: Ten Projects for Old Bottle Caps

  1. Autumn says:

    I have my husband drill little holes in them and use them as buttons :)

  2. That’s genius!! Do you do anything to the edges to keep them from snagging your clothes?

  3. Sarah says:

    I made a basket out of plastic bottle caps but I got the idea from metal caps. My husband bought a basket in Africa made from metal coke caps.

  4. Oh wow! What a fantastic idea! I bet that used up a ton of caps, too.

  5. Wow! That is totally amazing!!

  6. Alan says:

    Hi!! I’m a ‘bottle cap artist’ and I wanted to add my two cents to the mix. Please check out my website at I think it speaks for myself.

  7. Love the ideas for the little plastic caps, moving on to the detergent caps, downy, furniture polsh, and so on!

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  9. Jessica says:

    Hi, very nice list! I also have a hoard of bottle caps and corks. Here is a project I made this winter, bottle cap and cork mushrooms! They are adorable, and I made some into ornaments.
    Bottle Cap and Wine Cork Mushrooms

  10. Skylar says:

    I spray paint my bottle caps different colors and put the all around my room!

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